Great Meadows was a magical place this morning. I wasn't on the trail two minutes before I saw a flock of birds on the trail, moving from one side to the other. A photographer was on the far side of the flock. I moved slowly towards them in an attempt not to scare them off. It was about 20 Common Redpolls. A beautiful start to a beautiful hike!
I took a left up the side of the north impoundment and found a nice little flock of bluebirds and several downy woodpeckers along that path.
(looking south on the path)
I walked only about halfway down the side of the south impoundment. Two photographers were watching what looked to me like a kinglet darting from branch to branch. After they moved on, I was able to spot it as well.
Golden Crowned Kinglet
As I was driving out of the refuge, I saw the herd of dwarf pygmy goats that I have heard are "regulars" at the refuge. It was my first time seeing them. I had already packed my camera up, or it would have been fun to catch a photo of them! Next time!